Coach's wife suffers cardiac arrest at Jones vs. Lake Highland playoff game

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Coach's wife suffers cardiac arrest at Jones vs. Lake Highland playoff game

Al Honor, Lake Highland Prep's girls basketball coach, was in the midst of a girls basketball region semifinal game when his wife, Carlene, suffered cardiac arrest on Tuesday night. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel file photo)
Buddy Collings

Tuesday night’s Jones at Lake Highland Prep girls basketball playoff game was called off in the third quarter when Carlene Honor, the wife of Lake Highland’s coach, suffered cardiac arrest and collapsed in the stands.

Onlookers said the Lake Highland lower school teacher was brought back to life by athletic trainers, who used a defibrillator to revive her heartbeat as stunned fans, players, coaches and cheerleaders looked on.

Honor was communicating with her husband, Al Honor, and responding to others as she was placed on a gurney and carted out of the gym and into an ambulance that arrived at the Lake Highland Prep gym. School administrators said her pulse had been restored by Highlanders’ athletic trainer Emily Gibson, who was assisted by Jones trainer James Master and Kameelah Bellgrave, a UCF student athletic trainer.

“She’s OK now,” said Earl Graham, an Apopka boys basketball assistant coach and friend of the Honor family. “She’s a little dazed and confused still. She said she felt like she was asleep.”

Graham said Honor was transported to Florida Hospital South in Orlando.

“If this doesn’t show the value of having certified trainers at athletic events, I don’t know what does,” said Doug Patterson, the athletics supervisor for Orange County Public Schools who was on site for the game.

Lake Highland Prep led 52-21 when the game was stopped. No announcement was made on when the game will be completed.

The winner is scheduled to advance to a Class 5A region final on Friday night.

Lake Highland Prep (23-4) is the top-ranked team in the Sentinel Super Six.

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